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>> pelley: tonight, the president says the voters sent a message. >> they want us to get the job done. >> pelley: but can they? >> maybe there are some things we can agree on. >> pelley: bob schieffer, nancy cordes, major garrett, and anthony mason on the power shift and the road ahead. baseball star alex rodriguez on performance-enhancing drugs. >> did you do any p.e.d.s? >> no. >> pelley: jim axelrod on new court documents that reportedly tell a different story. anna werner on what's becoming a cheap, dangerous alternative to pain pills-- mexican heroin. and mark phillips on war and remembrance of those who made the ultimate sacrifice a century ago. >> it just brings home the number of lives that were lost, some might say wasted. captioning sponsored by cbs
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this is the "cbs evening news" with scott pelley. >> pelley: good evening. this is our western edition. it is the first day of the new reality in washington, a government that is about to become even more sharply divided. voters have given republicans control of both houses of congress for the next two years, the last two years of the administration of democratic president barack obama. the g.o.p. won back the senate by taking at least seven seats now held by democrats. three races are still undecided. the republicans will have at least 52 seats in the new senate, the democrats at least 45. mitch mcconnell is expected to be the new majority leader in the senate. today, both he and the president said they will try to work together to get things done-- try-- and we have a series of reports tonight. first, major garrett at the white house. >> reporter: after another midterm election drubbing, president obama pledged no
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fundamental changes in his white house team or its tactics. re if the way we are talking about issues isn't working, then i'm going to try some different things. and there are times when you're a politician and you're disappointed with election results. but maybe i'm just getting older. i don't know, it doesn't make me mopey. it energizes me. >> reporter: the president said he will seek bipartisan compromise with the incoming republican congress, but he also vowed to act unilaterally to shield millions of undocumented workers from deportation by the end of this year. >> what i'm not going to do is just wait. i think it's fair to say that i've shown a lot of patience and have tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible. >> reporter: the likely senate majority leader, mitch mcconnell of kentucky, warned executive action on immigration would poison the well for future compromises. >> it's like waving a red flag in front of a bull to say if you
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guys don't do what i want, i'm going to do it on my own. >> reporter: the president said he was hopeful he could cut deals with republicans on trade, infrastructure, and tax reform. mcconnell said republicans are looking to compromise on trade and tax reform, too, but no specifics are on the table. >> what i'd like to do is hear from the republicans to find out what it is that they would like to see happen. >> reporter: mr. obama also asked that congress in its upcoming lame duck session approve $6 billion in emergency funds to fight ebola and provide new legal authority for the war against isis in iraq and syria. the president and mcconnell do not have a strong personal relationship. a year ago the president joked about the absurdity of negotiating with mcconnell over a drink. now the president says he wants to share some kentucky bourbon with the senator, anticipating the question, scott, white house advisers insist, however, no bourbon summit is planned. >> pelley: republicans also added to teir majority in the
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house. cbs news estimates they will have at least 247 seats. that's 13 more than they have now. but that doesn't necessarily mean the house will be getting more done. here's nancy cordes on capitol hill. >> reporter: last night's heady victories gave way to a sober reality today-- republicans are inheriting a deeply gridlocked body. >> the senate in the last few years basically doesn't do anything. >> reporter: leader mcconnell vowed to start sending bills to the president's desk right away, one approving the keystone xl pipeline, another eliminating a medical device tax that helps to pay for obamacare. >> we're going to function. we are. we're going to pass legislation. some of it he may not like, but we're going to function. >> reporter: mcconnell will preside over a g.o.p. majority that's even larger than most pollsters predicted. the party picked up seats not just in g.o.p. strongholds like
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south dakota, montana, and west virginia. it also won big in battleground states. iowa's joni ernst won by eight. colorado's cory gardner won by four. >> voters around this state had their voices heard. they are not red. they are not blue. but they are crystal clear, crystal clear in their message to washington, d.c.-- get your job done, and get the heck out of the way. >> reporter: southern senate democrats are now an endangered species. north carolina's kay hagan was defeated. mark pryor of arkansas lost by 18 points. and louisiana's mary landrieu, whose race is going to a runoff, trails in the polls. tr she hit the campaign trail again today. republican incumbents by contrast didn't lose a single race, including in kansas, where three-term senator, pat roberts, survived a tough challenge from independent greg orman. >> our conservative republican solutions will now see the light of day.
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>> reporter: mcconnell's assertion that he wants to work with the president was met with skepticism from democrats who say he was a key contributor to the gridlock around here, scott, and that the few times he did try to meet the president halfway, conservatives in his party yanked him back. >> pelley: nancy, thank you. bob schieffer is our chief washington correspondent, and, of course, anchor of "face the nation." bob, how do you see the republican victory? >> i'll tell you, scott, when former president george w. bush and his party had a midterm train wreck like what the democrats had last night he said, "we got a thumpin'." four years another president obama called his last midterm a shellacking. today, the president would not characterize what happened last night beyond saying republicans had a good night. which may be the first thing that he and republicans have agreed on in years. republicans were happy beyond their wildest dreams. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell was polite about it. some in his party were not.
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both mcconnell and the president said they want to work together but both seemed in unfamiliar territory. neither offered details on how. neither said much about what exit polling showed-- people are sick of both parties, which is why what the former mississippi governor hailey barber, who was also head of the republican party at one point said, bears repeating. he noted big republican sweeps in 1994 and 2010 midterms did not carry republicans to the white house two years later. last night's election, he said, was a repudiation of president obama and his policies, but he also said, "the voters didn't embrace us." they just said we're going to give you a chance to do better. scott, i think both sides may want to think about that. >> pelley: bob, thank you. great to be with you on election night. >> thank you. >> pelley: thank you. the republicans also did well yesterday on the state level. they picked up four
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governorships now held by democrats, and two republican governors survived tough challenges. scott walker won in wisconsin, and in florida rick scott defeated former governor and former republican charlie crist. voters in five states approved raising their state minimum wage above the $7.25 an hour federal level. that was in alaska, arkansas, illinois, nebraska, and south dakota. in fact, every state where the minimum wage was on the ballot. the economy was a major issue, and anthony mason is joining us now with more on that. anthony? >> reporter: yeah, it all came back to the economy, scott, and the overwhelming majority of voters feel it's in bad shape. nearly eight in ten in our exit poll told us they're worried about where the economy is headed. and here's why. among voters who make $50,000 a year or less, more than three- quarters told us their family finances are either treading water or getting worse. the good news about economic
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growth is not getting to their wallets. the stock market may be at record highs, and the unemployment rate may finally have fallen below 6%, but household incomes have yet to recover from the recession and are now back at levels we last saw in the mid-1990s. that's when real median household income was rising steadily, peaking in 1999 at $56,895. it dipped for a while before almost reaching those levels again in 2007, but the recession sent it plummeting nearly 10%, falling last year to just under $52,000. businesses are hiring again, but the new jobs are paying less. low-wage industries accounted for 22% of the jobs lost in the recession. but they account for 43% of jobs added in the recovery. those numbers explain the
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pessimism now clouding the future. nearly half of voters, 48%, told us they fear life for the next generation will be worse than today, and, scott, that's the highest we've ever seen in cbs news exit polling. >> pelley: but, anthony, i wonder, what did the people we polled say about whether the government could do anything about this. >> reporter: first of all, scott, there's not only a strong distrust of government. nearly two-thirds of the voters we talked to feel the economic system favors the wealthy, that in effect, the deck is stacked against them. >> pelley: anthony mason with our exit polling data. anthony, thank you. the 114th congress will have at least 101 women, a the most ever. that includes a record 21 in the senate. mia love of utah is the first black republican woman ever elected to the congress. 30-year-old elise stefanik, a new york republican, is the youngest woman ever elected to congress.
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marijuana passed everywhere it was on the ballot. alaska, oregon, and the district of columbia voted to approve the use of marijuana for personal use by adults. it's already legal in colorado and washington state. moving on from the election, the "miami herald" reported today that new york yankees third baseman alex rodriguez told federal investigators that he has used performance-enhancing drugs. the highest paid player in baseball had denied using them while playing with new york, even as he served a season-long suspension for doping. here's jim axelrod. jim axelrod. >> reporter: one year ago, alex rodriguez was asked about major league baseball's charges he used performance-enhancing drugs. his denial was clear and unflinching. >> did you do anything wrong? >> no. >> did you do any p.e.d.s? >> no. >> did you obstruct justice,
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anybody, any witnesses, did you do anything they accused you of doing? >> no. >> reporter: according to a >> reporter: according to a report in the "miami herald," he met with prosecutors who granted him immunity and admitted yes, he had bought p.e.d.s from this man, anthony bosch. is that that would confirm what bosch first told "60 minutes." >> pelley: you injected him. >> yes. >> pelley: personally. >> yes. >> pelley: with what? >> with growth hormone, igf, testosterone. >> reporter: the "miami herald" nss shown a summary of uidriguez's statement provided to the drug enforcement agency. the statement was reportedly used to build a criminal case against bosch who pled guilty to distributing p.e.d.s and now faces up to ten years in prison. others, including rodriguez's cousin, yuri sucart, is also facing charges. in an interview with "60 minutes," bosch identified in an interview with "60 minutes," bosch identified sucart as rodriguez's middle man and described a conversation he
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had with him about a-rod's use of performance-enhancing drugs. >> at the end, yuri admitted, "listen, he's done-- he's done this most of his career." and, therefore-- >> pelley: that's what yuri sucart said. >> absolutely. >> reporter: we reached out to representatives for both rodriguez and sucart. no comment from the a-rod camp, no response from sucart's. in his interview with "60 minutes," bosch also claimed that members of rodriguez's inner circle tried to pay bosch off to keep him from talking about rodriguez's p.e.d. use, but because they were unsuccessful in keeping bosch quiet, a-rod ended up having to talk to federal investigators himself. >> pelley: jim, thank you very much. pain pills are becoming so expensive, some people are switching to a cheap but dangerous alternative. that story when the cbs evening news continues. it's a natural source of fiber and five essential vitamins. it's the smart choice for me. try sunsweet amazin prune juice. also available in light.
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it's midsized cities like these with lower crime rates and increasing populations that d.e.a. agent bill baxley says are attracting a growing heroin trade from mexico. >> you have the trafficking organizations that can operate here without the threat of certain gang activity or turf lirs that you would have somewhere, say, like, in chicago. >> reporter: what i hear you saying is what makes this a safe, attractive community for people to move to also makes it a safe place for drug dealers to move to. >> that's exactly right. this was a seizure we recently made. >> reporter: mexican heroin has become a cheaper alternative to pain pills, which go for $80 a pill on the black market. >> they'll take this and break it down. >> reporter: baxley showed us a slab of mexican heroin worth more than $1 million. it's sold in tiny balloons similar to this one. that's just, like, 10 bucks. >> yeah, 10 bucks. >> reporter: but the dealers selling it aren't hanging out on street corners. they use a modern sales model.
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you've compared this to pizza delivery. er well, it is. if you need heroin, then you call a number, and someone will deliver the heroin to you where you're at. >> reporter: like they're dropping off the pizza. >> exactly. >> reporter: we were there as an undercover officer posed as a heroin addict-- >> yeah, that's fine, man. >> reporter: --and arranged a buy. >> all right, be there in about 20, 30. >> reporter: then we rode along with the d.e.a. to watch the deal for ourselves. the two cars parked in a shopping center, and the dealer approached the undercover officer. >> what's up, man. >> nothing man, what's good with you. >> not much man. >> i appreciate it. >> took 30 seconds, way less than 30 seconds. probably 15 seconds for the deal to go. >> reporter: and that was in a crowded parking lot, that's pretty typical? >> yeah, oh, year, every time. >> reporter: charlotte police ute still building a case against this dealer but because dealers often are kept in the dark about who they're working for, law enforcement sometimes never reaches the bigger
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freeland-gaither had been missing since sunday when she was seen on surveillance video being grabbed and violently pulled toward a car in philadelphia's germantown. police released a stream of surveillance video immediately after the assault including these images of the suspect using the victim's atm card nine hours after the abduction. police say they vent lyul found freeland-gaither by tracking the suspect's licence plate. when they located the car, freeland-gaither was still inside. police say the victim and the suspect were strangers. scott, tonight he is being held for attempted capital murder from a previous case. >> pelley: in a moment, a nation reviews a sacred vow to never forget. this portion of the "cbs evening news" is sponsored by cvs health, because health is everything. so we quit selling cigarettes in our cvs pharmacies. expanded minuteclinic, for walk-in medical care.
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symbol of loss in war, and turn it into a commemoration worthy of the 100th anniversary of world war i, the war that was supposed to end all wars but didn't. and so for each britih and empire soldier who died in that war, a ceramic poppy has been planted in what used to be the moat of the ancient tower of london, and the result has astonished and captivated a nation. seen from the air, it's a sea of sacrifice, a flood of blood. and for the crowds who have come in their hundreds of thousands to witness it, it has been a lesson no history book can teach. >> it just brings home the number of lives that were lost, some might say wasted. >> these are only the british commonwealth losses. they're not-- they're not the german losses. they're not the american losses.
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each one represents a life. >> reporter: 888,246. a cascade of terrible beauty that shocks the eye as it tugs at the heart. the tower ceremonial waters, like alan kingshott, have never seen crowds like it, and he thinks he knows why. >> when you say 888,2446, you, know, it's a number, but when you actually see it physically on the ground, it's-- it's so-- it's so-- impact, so much impact on you. >> reporter: more impact even than the display's creator, theatrical set designer tom piper, imagined. >> it was never, for me, intended to be a-- an illustration of war or the horrors of war. it's about commemoration, and it's about the beauty of human life and the fragility of human life.
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>> second lieutenant w.g. alexander, the king's liverpool regimen. >> reporter: each evening, an honor roll of some of the names of the dead are read out. ♪ and the last post is played. and 100 years later, a nation keeps its promise to remember them. mark phillips, cbs news, london. >> pelley: and that's the cbs evening news for tonight. for all of us at cbs news all around the world, good night. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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about chevron spending mill and-picked candidates now at 6:00, the little guy wins against big money. we told you about chevron spending millions to get hand- picked candidates elected. but not one of them came out on top. good evening. new at 6:00, ann notarangelo is at richmond city hall tonight where the millions of dollars the oil giant pumped into the election could not buy the results it wanted. ann. >> reporter: ken, city hall here has sued chevron over the 2012 refinery fire and they have been at odds over the refinery improvement project. so it's kind of difficult to see how after this election the relationship is going to improve. >> so happy for you and for the town. >> reporter: newly elected
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mayor tom butt has within in city government nearly two decades but this election saw an influx of money and he thinks he won because of chevron's audacity. >> i think people have just had it with chevron. you know, the money, the -- the -- the gazillion mailers, the national publicity. >> reporter: butt wasn't one of chevron's chosen candidates. the company spent $3 million to get its candidates in and keep richmond progressive alliance candidates out activists at odd with the oil giant. not a single chevron-backed candidate won. >> it was are you which or against chevron? >> neither one. i work with chevron. i don't work for chevron. >> reporter: but it's not a cozy relationship. butt has protested outside chevron. the city's largest employer and taxpayer said, the voters have spoken and chevron will work hard to find common